What better way to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of workers than with a day off? As we here in the Local History and Genealogy division gear up for the long holiday weekend, I find myself pausing to reflect on Rochester’s past (as Deputy City Historian, I do this from time to time) and the history of our city’s labor force.
Thanks to the waterpower of the Genesee falls and the easy…
Join Beau Beausoleil, poet and bookseller for an intimate discussion of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project. Beau founded this coalition in response to the March 5th 2007, car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of Baghdad’s historic literacy district, a block filled with bookstores and cafes.
Watch the video here
Recorded in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, NY. June 6th, 2014.
Extreme downsizing is a hot trend in popular culture these days. For some, it’s a philosophical stand against consumerism and the distractions of modern life. For others, the appeal of living in a …
Beautiful new book received in the Arts Division
Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 164 beautiful black and white photographs taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city’s inhabitants, the vibrant and bustling vitality of the area, and the changing nature of the neighborhood. What may at first appear to be a casual encounter becomes a personal, intimate record, a meaningful collaboration between photographer and subject. With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America’s most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture. Stein’s photographs capture and celebrate the Harlem spirit.
New book about Frida
Frida by Ishiuchi is the first photographic documentation ever published of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s personal attire and belongings, as portrayed by Japanese artist Miyako Ishiuchi. The victim of a nearly fatal bus accident as a young woman, Kahlo used fashion to channel her resulting physical difficulties into courageous statements of heritage, strength and beauty. Also focusing on the ways in which Kahlo used her iconic style to project her feminist and socialist beliefs, Ishiuchi’s color photographs transform Kahlo’s dresses, corsets, shoes, gloves, jewelry and other accessories into objects freighted with personal struggle, cultural awareness and sartorial inventiveness. Following Ishiuchi’s acclaimed series Mothers and Hiroshima, this collection provides a special look at a very intimate dimension of Frida Kahlo’s universe.
Here in Local History & Genealogy, I have the privilege of overseeing the division’s 500+ cubic feet of special collections that include personal papers, records, and manuscripts related to the…
New in the Arts Division
Library: Central Library - 1st Floor Kate Gleason Auditorium B&L Public Library Building
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Details: Come hear Susan Nurse speak about the original University of Rochester Campus on University Ave. Through architecture see and how it evolved to become the UR Prince St. Campus for Women and then just the Memorial Art Gallery and grounds. We will also study the evolution of the Memorial Art Gallery, its architectural history through 3 additions, including the connection to Cutler Union. Sue Nurse is a recent retiree from Memorial Art Gallery where she was the Visual Resources Coordinator and Assistant Archivist. She received a Masters in Art History from the University of Buffalo in 1995.
This program is free but registration is required. Please register here.
I know it is too early for most to think about, but the Arts Division is going to do an ornament contest for the holidays with a big prize! Details to follow soon.
Watch a review of the book "Zealot; The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan.